Frequently Asked Questions
We have posted the most common questions received in our office for your convenience. Please read these over prior to e-mailing or contacting us, your question is likely related to one of the answers below. Click through each topic to get answers to many of our commonly asked questions.
- I have family coming that would like to volunteer where you need help. How can they get involved?
- Volunteers are able to get involved with the race while having fun watching family and friends. Go here to Volunteer!
*PLEASE NOTE - Cal Poly volunteers must register through an Organization Recruiting Rep (beginning in Feb.) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Is your credit card site secure?
- How does USAT determine my race day age?
- USAT calculates your race day age, based on the age you will be on December 31st, not your actual age when you sign up or your age on the day of competition.
- What do I need for Registration/Packet Pick Up?
- You must bring a photo ID to packet pick up. (If you are a USAT member, you must bring your current USAT card). Each participant must pick up his/her own race packet. Friends/Family cannot pick up race packets for each other.
*Each member of relay teams must pick up his/her race packet. One relay member cannot pick up all of the packets for the entire team.
- How do I register a relay team?
- All three legs of the relay must register individually with the same Team Name. Please create or join team on registration form. First Team member to register NEEDS to create the Team name. (If one person is doing two legs of the relay they must sign up twice)
- How do I register as a collegiate team member?
- Visit our Collegiate Club page for more information
- Will I receive a confirmation packet in the mail?
- No. All confirmations will be sent via e-mail.
- Where can I find wave start information?
- Wave start information is posted within a few weeks of each event on our website.
- How many participants will Tri-California be allowing in the various Wildflower Triathlon events?
- Capacity numbers for the events are as follows:
Long Course: 3,000
Olympic: Individual age group – 3,500
Relay Teams: 200
Mountain Bike: 1,200
- Do you allow race day registration?
- Yes, race day registration is available as long as the race has not sold out. Please plan on an extra 30 minutes to fill out paperwork and pay if registering on-site.
- Are there any benefits to registering early?
- Definitely, there is a fee increase as the race dates approach. In addition, our events typically sell out on-line, so please register early.
- May I register my friend on-line with my credit card?
- No, each person must register on-line for themselves. They may register using your credit card number and expiration date with your approval. The reason is that the waiver must be read and agreed to by the participant. An email confirmation will be sent to the email address typed in, as soon as you finalize the transaction. Keep a copy for your records.
- After registering for your event, I find I cannot participate. What are my options?
- Please visit our Event Policies page for more information.
- May I give or sell my slot to someone else?
- All entries are non-transferable. Tri-California allows for a certain rate of attrition at each event. If an applicant would like to make a change before the deadline, this refers to switching their entry from one distance to another within an event (if there are still slots available in each race), they may do so, keeping in mind that a processing fee will be included in that decision. The processing fee to perform a switch from one distance to another within the same event is $20.00. Thank you for respecting our policy. Participants found racing under another persons name will be disqualified and both entrants will be reported to USA Triathlon for disciplinary action which can include being suspended from all USAT events for 1 year.
- Are you accepting phone registrations?
- No. To ensure the most accurate registration information, we ask that you register on-line.
- Can I ship my bike?
- Yes, local bike shop K-Man Cycle & Run will accept delivery and build bikes at the Lake. Click here for details on how bike shipping works. Be sure to email your tracking number to K-Man Cycle and Run so they can be on the lookout for your bike.
- Can I rent a bike for the weekend?
- Yes, Please contact K-Man Cycle & Run via email for details
- When/Where can I rack my bike?
- Bicycles must be racked at the assigned space (number) associated with your bib number race morning. Bicycles may NOT be racked in the transition area over night.
- Where can I find out more details about my wave start time?
- The wave start lists are posted on the website in the final weeks leading up to the race. You can also find the wave start list in the Digital Athlete Program also posted on the website. When you are on-site race weekend, the start times can also be found in the official event programs.
- Where do all of the race numbers go?
- At registration you will receive several race numbers, bike ties and safety pins. There are no numbers or tags for the swim portion of the event. The bike number is secured to your bike frame using bike ties (road bike numbers must be visible from the sides, mountain bike numbers must be visible from the front). Helmet stickers should be placed accordingly: 1 sticker - front of the helmet, 2 stickers- front and back of helmet, 3 stickers- front, back and side of helmet. Bib numbers should be worn on the front of the body during the run portion of the event.
- What product will be on-course so that I can start training on it now?
- The official energy bar sponsor is PowerBar, the official gel sponsor is PowerGel, and the official energy drink is Gatorade Endurance. Each company has a web site you can link to from our home page of the Wildflower Triathlons, simply click their logo to learn more about their products.
- How do relay teams compete?
- A relay team must consist of at least two members (one person cannot compete in all three legs of a relay). All relay team members must check in at registration to pick up their race packet. (Relay members cannot pick up race packets for their teammates) A relay team will be assigned one bib number: the swimmer will pick up the swim cap and timing tag, the biker will pick up the bike number and helmet stickers and the runner will pick up the bib number. Relay teams will transfer the timing tag and ankle strap by their assigned bike rack. (The timing tag is the "baton") All three relay members will receive a finisher medal.
- What are the course cut off times?
- Course cut off times are calculated after the start of the last wave for participants safety. The cut off times are posted below:
Long Course Cut Off Times:
Swim: 10:30 AM (1:05 after the start of the last wave)
Bike: 2:45 PM (5:20 after the start of the last wave)
Run: 5:45 PM (8:20 after the start of the last wave)
Mountain Bike Course Cut Off Times:
There are no course closure times for the Mountain Bike event.
Olympic Cut Off Times:
Swim: 12:05 PM (1:20 after the start of the Last Individual Age Group wave)
Bike: 2:35 PM (3:50 after the start of the Last Individual Age Group wave)
Run: 4:05 PM (5:20 after the start of the Last Individual Age Group wave)
- Is Wildflower a USAT sanctioned event?
- What are the distances for the Wildflower Triathlons?
- Long Course: 1.2 mi. Swim, 56 mi. Bike,13.1 mi. Run
Olympic Course: 1.5k Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run
Mountain Bike: 0.25mi.Swim, 9.7mi. Bike, 2mi. Run
- What is the water temperature of Lake San Antonio?
- Between 65 and 68 degrees.
- Are wet suits allowed?
- Yes, full and sleeveless wet suits are allowed, but not required. Booties and squid lids are also ok.
- Where can I watch race morning?
- The Wildflower Triathlons are exciting events to watch. The transition area is a restricted area and only participants will be allowed, however there are many spectator friendly viewing areas around the park for each leg of the event. During the race you can also enjoy the Exposition areas which are open throughout the day and is free to the public.
Swim -Don't miss the start with the colorful waves of participant swim caps and inflatable arch at the main launch ramp. Watch from the grass area above the swim or along the shoreline
Bike -Cyclists will exit the transition area through the finish chute on Saturday and up Lynch hill on Sunday. All participants can be seen racing at the intersection on top of Lynch hill or as they enter and exit the transition area at the bottom of Lynch Hill.
Run -All runners exit south toward beach city on the trail below the general store lawn and will loop around to the finish chute. The expo area is a great place to watch.
Finish -Come cheer on all the finishers from the grand stands!
- Are there are any fees to watch the Triathlons?
- Every vehicle entering the park (athlete or spectator) will be charged $15 per vehicle for a day use pass ($12 if ordered in advance on-line or free with camping pass). Each vehicle pass is only good for the date of purchase and can not be re-used on subsequent days. If you want to stay overnight you will need to purchase a "Camping Pass" in order to avoid additional fees upon exiting the park.
- Is there food available on site?
- Yes, several food vendors will be available in the expo area selling a variety of fares: burritos, tri-tip, pasta, crepes, smoothies, coffee, etc..
- Can I bring my pet?
- Yes, however there is a Park fee of $2 per pet, per day, payable upon entry into the park. Please be aware that pets are not permitted at any time in the main festival area or athlete only transition area.
- Can I purchase an event souvenir?
- Yes, Official event merchandise will be available at the Tri-California Merchandise Tent or our on-line store. The latest in triathlon gear and apparel is also available from Tri-California and other vendors in the festival area.
- Are there any road closures I should be aware of?
- Yes. Saturday and Sunday the bicycle course's enter and exit the park on the main roads. Lynch Road and Lake San Antonio Drive (in the park) will be CLOSED on Saturday 8:00 AM to 3:00PM, and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM or until the last bike returns to the transition area. (Roads outside the park on the bicycle course will be controlled by the California Highway Patrol) All participants and spectators should plan on arriving before 7:30 AM (beware of long lines at the front gate) and staying at the lake until the last cyclist finishes (approx 3:00 PM).
- If you are a spectator and need to leave the park during the above road closures, drive to Lake San Antonio- North Shore and hop on the free boat shuttle to the event. Directions can be found on our "Directions & Maps" page. Athletes please enter the park from the South Shore as we are unable to accomodate bicycles and equipment on our boat shuttles.
- Will there be specific parking or shuttles available?
- Yes. Signs are posted and volunteers will be directing traffic and parking Friday through Sunday. Shuttles will run through the days from parking areas to the festival area.
- Where is Lake San Antonio?
- Visit our Directions & Maps page.
- What do I do with my Timing Tag if it is not returned at the finish line?
- There is a $20 fee for all tags not collected within 30 days. Please mail your Timing Tag in a padded envelope to the address below:
1284 Adobe Lane
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
- Where do I pick up my pre-purchased pasta tickets?
- The pasta dinner has moved to the main general store area just above the swim start. Please note: You may also purchase pasta dinner tickets at the door.
- Where can I get past merchandise and race t-shirts?
- Tri-California Events' on-line store is a great place to start but we also have a large tent selling merchandise on-site race weekend.
- Where can I go for camping?
- Pre-paid and pre-registered camping is available on-line with your registration. Additional camping is also available from the front gate at Lake San Antonio, remember to arrive early as camping spaces are limited. Visit Camping for more details.
- Why did I receive an email from Eventbrite when I purchased camping, pasta dinner and wine tickets on Tri-California's website?
- Tri-California utilizes the services of Eventbrite to assist in streamlining the entry process to Lake San Antonio as well. We have found that utilizing barcodes is fast and easy for the athletes and reduces the time spent waiting in long lines. Be sure to print off your emails and bring them with you!